Budgeting for Your Cross-Country Move to Wichita Falls
For starters, as with any endeavor, plan. Early considerations should include the cost of living in Wichita Falls - what are the general costs of housing, food, fuel, and utilities? How long can your commute be before another neighborhood becomes a better choice? What is the economic climate? Will you need to change any professional licensing, and how is the market for your field of expertise? What are the local income and property taxes to be aware of, including vehicle registration? Do household utilities require a large deposit up front? These may seem like trivial things, but they can make a substantial impact in a budget that didn't account for them ahead of time. Know your incidental costs.
Assuming your general location in Wichita Falls is already known, finalize your living arrangements. Are you closing on a new residence, or renting temporarily in your new location? There are some expenses associated with each option. Your title agent or property manager can help you understand closing costs, deposits, move-in dates or closing times. Are there educational arrangements to be made for your children? Have those details figured out.
And, when it comes to the move, explore and contrast different alternatives. Thinking about renting your own DIY moving truck? Consider the rental expense, travel expenses (accommodations along the way, fuel, etc.), liability for damages, your own time and energy reserves for packing, loading, traveling, unloading, unpacking and the rest. Portable storage containers can be an alternative you can think about, but expenses can add up if storage is required or your new zip code isn't serviced and you have to hire a moving truck anyway to finally receive your stuff. Professional movers are also a choice, from full service packing and moving or a customized plan that meets your specific needs. Know your options and compare their bottom lines. You could be pleasantly surprised.
Last, but not least, think about, as best you can, for the unpredictable. Do not start the moving process without a good knowledge of your resources compared to your costs, and don't plan to spend right up to the end of your budget. Plan a cushion against the unpredictable. What might you need to do if your DIY rental truck requires a repair or substitution along the road that delays your arrival an extra day or two? Allow for extra in your budget in case of such issues. What is the policy of the portable storage company if you have a last-minute adjustment to the timeline and things need to stay in storage for a little while? Is it expensive, and do they have safe facilities? Or will you need to make those arrangements on your own? How is their customer service? Are they easy to contact? Be aware of your responsibilities and any extra charges potentially incurred. If you have gone with a professional company, how easy to deal with are they in regard to changes along the way? Do they keep in constant communication with you throughout the move, and does their track record instill confidence in their services? If so, it can offer a protective element to your budget.
If you're ready to hire experienced professionals, or are in your fact-finding stage and want to get an idea of what your options are, contact us. We have been helping people move for over 40 years, and have built an excellent transportation and logistics team based on a culture of honesty, integrity, and hard work. Let us know if we can help you.